Sunday, June 1, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 25 to 31 May 2014

Hundreds of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

*  Accreditation vs. Certification for Genealogists, An Opinion Piece by Michael W. McCormick on the Enduring Legacy Genealogy blog.  Michael compares and contrasts accreditation and certification.

*  Using the HathiTrust Digital Library by Alicia Crane Williams on the Vita Brevis blog.  Alicia briefly reviews how she uses HathiTrust for online digital books.

*  Tuesday's Test:  Using Oral History by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained Quicktips blog.  Elizabeth shares some quotes about oral history.

*  What the Hell is a DIT Name? by Tim Firkowski on the Sherlock's Genealogical Adventures  blog.  Now you know.  I think Tim's "dit" name is "Sherlock."

*  His Name Was Changed at Ellis Island! by Emily Garber on the (Going) the Extra Yad blog.  Great find by Emily - this may be a case of "never say never," or the name was changed later officially on the manifest.

*  50 Ways to Index Your Ancestors or Why You Can't Find Them in the Census by Amy Coffin on the We Tree Genealogy Blog.  The name wasn't indexed correctly once over five census years!

*  Finding New Sources for Asa Aldrich by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog. Diane found some new sources for her ancestor, plus a house and where he resided in another town.

*  6 Steps for Success in working With Your AncestryDNA Matches by Crista Cowan on the Blog.  These are really useful suggestions!

*  Family History Research Keeps Getting Easier! by David Green on the FamilySearch Blog.  I'm glad they are adding Hints...can't wait to try it out.

*  Let's Get Down to the Basics by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James thinks that names, dates, places and sources are the basics of genealogical research.

*  7 Ways to Get the Latest Info About Genealogy and Newspapers by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Kenneth provides excellent ideas using social media.

*  52 Ancestors Challenge: Week 21 Recap by Amy Johnson Crow on the No Story Too Small blog.  There were 125 entries this week.

These genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts and news summary posts this week:

*  NN Genealogy Things You Need to Know This Morning, Sunday, 25 May 2014; Monday, 26 May 2014; Tuesday, 27 May 2014; Wednesday, 28 May 2014; Thursday, 29 May 2014; Friday, 30 May 2014; Saturday, 31 May 2014 by Caroline M. Pointer on the blog.

*  News Items for Genealogists, May 30, 2014 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for May 30, 2014 -- Anniversary Edition by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Friday Finds -- 05/30/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julies Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- May 31, 2014 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (May 31, 2014) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 1520 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

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1 comment:

Emily Garber said...

Thanks for the boost, Randy. It's humbling to be included by (and with) other illustrious geneabloggers.